Lincoln Elementary School principal Sam Berrios (from left) assists teachers Laura Esparza and Isabel Santori as students make their way down Canal Street during the annual Parade of Nations. | Supplied Photo
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:03AM
Students at Lincoln Elementary School in Blue Island recently took part in the Parade of Nations as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The parade is an all-school celebration in which students march through the neighborhood surrounding the school chanting and carrying banners, handmade instruments and flags.
Prior to Hispanic Heritage Month, each classroom teacher chose a Hispanic country. Then, throughout the month, classrooms learned about various cultural aspects of that particular Latin American country including its cuisine, currency and facts about its flag.
Students then made a representation of the country’s flag to wave during the Parade of Nations, and each classroom represented the country they studied.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens of Hispanic and Latino backgrounds.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, but was later expanded to a full 30-day period in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. It was enacted into law in August 1988.